Emotional Hoffmann Leads Bay Hill

20 March 2015, Posted by , , , , , , , , , 0

It’s funny how grief can bring out the best in athletes sometimes.

It happened on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Morgan Hoffman, four hours after learning his 97-year-old grandmother had passed away, fired a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead at Bay Hill.

His lead is a tenuous one over five of the best players in the game: Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, and Hunter Mahan.

Buoyed by an eagle 3 on the par-5 No. 6, Hoffmann was 4-under at the turn and never hit a bogey on the day.

The other feel good story of Day 1 was that of Kevin Kisner, who found out Wednesday night he would be replacing Bubba Watson in the field as Watson traveled to a funeral.

Despite having never even been to Bay Hill, much less played it, Kisner shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday.

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